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|Peter Abelard||The key to wisdom is this -- constant and frequent questioning ... for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.|
|John Adams||The Europeans are all deeply tainted with prejudices, both ecclesiastical and temporal, which they can never get rid of. They are all infected with episcopal and presbyterian creeds, and confessions of faith. They all believe that great Principle which has produced this boundless universe, Newton’s universe and Herschell’s universe, came down to this little ball, to be spit upon by Jews. And until this awful blasphemy is got rid of, there never will be any liberal science in the world. |
|Aesop||Slow and steady wins the race.|
|Publius Terentius Afer||Fortune helps the brave.|
|Publius Terentius Afer||I have everything, yet have nothing; and although I possess nothing, still of nothing am I in want.|
|Woody Allen||If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss Bank.|
|Saint Thomas Aquinas||Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.|
|Sir Francis Bacon||They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they see nothing but sea.|
|Sir Francis Bacon||The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies.|
|Walter Bagehot||So long as there are earnest believers in the world, they will always wish to punish opinions, even if their judgment tells them it is unwise and their conscience tells them it is wrong.|
|Frederic Bastiat||And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works.|
|Clive Bell||Only reason can convince us of those three fundamental truths without a recognition of which there can be no effective liberty: that what we believe is not necessarily true; that what we like is not necessarily good; and that all questions are open.|
|Ambrose Bierce||Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.|
|Ambrose Bierce||Optimism: The doctrine that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything good, especially the bad, and everything right that is wrong. ... It is hereditary, but fortunately not contagious.|
|Ambrose Bierce||Heathen, n. A benighten creature who has the folly to worship something that he can see and feel.|
|Justice Hugo L. Black||The very reason for the First Amendment is to make the people of this country free to think, speak, write and worship as they wish, not as the Government commands.|
|Joseph L. Blau||Freedom of religion means the right of the individual to choose and to adhere to whichever religious beliefs he may prefer, to join with others in religious associations to express these beliefs, and to incur no civil disabilities because of his choice…|
|Napoleon Bonaparte||I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of people would die for Him.|
|Napoleon Bonaparte||I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest.|
|Daniel Boorstin||We must abandon the prevalent belief in the superior wisdom of the ignorant.|
|Justice Louis D. Brandeis||The makers of our constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness... They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and their sensations. They conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone – the most comprehensive of the rights and the right most valued by civilized men.|
|Dr. Joyce Brothers||I think we should follow a simple rule: if we can take the worst, take the risk.|
|Pearl S. Buck||None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.|
|Gaius Julius Caesar||Men willingly believe what they wish.|
|William Ellery Channing||I call the mind free which jealously guards its intellectual rights and powers, which calls no man master, which does not content itself with a passive or hereditary faith...|
|Sir Winston Churchill||We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.|
|Sir Winston Churchill||Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it has been said it is the quality which guarantees all others.|
|Norman Cousins||I cannot affirm God if I fail to affirm man. Therefore, I affirm both. Without a belief in human unity I am hungry and incomplete. Human unity is the fulfillment of diversity. It is the harmony of opposites. It is a many-stranded texture, with color and depth.|
|Alma Daniel||It is up to you to decide whether or not you’re ready to be free, really free.|
This pertains to your relationship as well as your activities in the world.
You are limitless, if you choose that! Your freedom comes from letting go.
Freedom means empowerment to be, do, go, feel, whatever your heart tells you.
Only you have kept yourself from having this freedom out of some
misunderstanding of what your responsibilities really are.
Your responsibilities are to your Self. Serve that truly, fully, and you serve All.
|Clarence S. Darrow||The fear of God is not the beginning of wisdom. The fear of God is the death of wisdom. Skepticism and doubt lead to study and investigation, and investigation is the beginning of wisdom. The modern world is the child of doubt and inquiry, as the ancient world was the child of fear and faith.|
|Richard Dawkins||Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.|
|Michel De Montaigne||I see men ordinarily more eager to discover a reason for things than to find out whether things are so.|
|Alexis de Tocqueville||... liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.|
|Miguel de Unamuno||Those who believe that they believe in God, but without passion in their hearts, without anguish in mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, without an element of despair even in their consolation, believe only in the God idea, not God Himself.|
|Demosthenes||There are all kinds of devices invented for the protection and preservation of countries: defensive barriers, forts, trenches, and the like... But prudent minds have as a natural gift one safeguard which is the common possession of all, and this applies especially to the dealings of democracies. What is this safeguard? Skepticism. This you must preserve. This you must retain. If you can keep this, you need fear no harm.|
|Rene Descartes||If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.|
|Emily Dickinson||Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops... at all.|
|William O. Douglas||Heresy trials are foreign to our Constitution. Men may believe what they cannot prove. They may not be put to the proof of their religious doctrines or beliefs. Religious experiences which are as real as life to some may be incomprehensible to others.|
|Theodore M. Drange||Some methodological atheists formulate the principle by saying that the burden of proof is always on any person making an existence claim, since, from a logical point of view, existence claims are only capable of proof, not disproof. No one has ever proven the nonexistence of Santa Claus, or elves, or unicorns, or anything else, simply because the very logic of an unrestricted existential proposition prohibits its disproof. It is impossible to go all over the universe and show that, for example, there are no elves anywhere. For this reason, rational methodology calls for us to deny the existence of all those things which have never been shown to exist. That is why we all regard it rational to deny the existence of Santa Claus, elves, unicorns, etc. And since God is in that same category, having never been shown to exist, it follows that rational methodology calls for us to deny the existence of God.|
|John J. Dunphy||The concept of a Supreme Being who childishly demands to be constantly|
placated by prayers and sacrifice and dispenses justice like some corrupt
petty judge whose decisions may be swayed by a bit of well-timed flattery
should be relegated to the trash bin of history, along with the belief in a
flat earth and the notion that diseases are caused by demonic possession.
Ironically, the case for the involuntary retirement of God may have been
best stated by one Saul or Paul of Tarsus, a first-century tentmaker and
Pharisee of the tribe of Benjamin, who wrote, 'When I was a child, I spake
as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became
a man, I put away childish things' (I Corinthians 13:11). Those words are
no less relevant today than they were two thousand years ago.
|Hans L. Eicholz||Government of the self was the original basis for republican|
government, reflecting the view that civil society was much
more than politics. Society was made up of men and women
who gave order to their lives by entering into associations
on a voluntary basis, quite apart from government, for all
the various reasons of fellowship, philanthrophy,
faith and commerce.
|Albert Einstein||The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.|
|Dwight D. Eisenhower||They [the founders] proclaimed to all the world the revolutionary doctrine of the divine rights of the common man. That doctrine has ever since been the heart of the American faith.|
|Thomas I. Emerson||Every man – in the development of his own personality – has the right to form his own beliefs and opinions. Hence, suppression of belief, opinion and expression is an affront to the dignity of man, a negation of man’s essential nature.|
|Padraig Flynn||Fate is an open road, and all you can do is put your foot on the gas and Drive, Baby Drive.|
|Felix Frankfurter||Freedom of expression is the well-spring of our civilization...|
The history of civilization is in considerable measure
the displacement of error which once held sway
as official truth by beliefs which in turn have yielded to other truths.
Therefore the liberty of man to search for truth
ought not to be fettered, no matter what orthodoxies he may challenge.
|Viktor Frankl||Being tolerant does not mean that I share another one’s belief. But it does mean that I acknowledge another one’s right to believe, and obey, his own conscience.|
|Benjamin Franklin||Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you.|
|Erich Fromm||If faith cannot be reconciled with rational thinking, it has to be eliminated as an anachronistic remnant of earlier stages of culture and replaced by science dealing with facts and theories which are intelligible and can be validated.|
|Dr. Thomas Fuller||He does not believe, that does not live according to his belief.|
|Galileo Galilei||In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.|
|Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi||You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.|
|Khalil Gibran||Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.|
|Johann Wolfgang von Goethe||Knowing is not enough; we must apply.|
Willing is not enough; we must do.
|Friedrich August von Hayek||From the saintly and single-minded idealist to the fanatic is often but a step.|
|Adolf Hitler||The great masses of the people ... will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.|
|Ralph Hodgson||Some things have to be believed to be seen.|
|Laura Hollis||[T]he greatest problem facing the United States today is not racism; it is the disappearance of the can-do attitude that built the country, ... We’ve lost the sense of individual responsibility for our problems, and that’s bad enough. But what’s worse, we’re losing faith in our ability to solve our problems. This acquired sense of helplessness is catastrophic, and it has paralyzed large swaths of the American public – rural, urban and suburban. … Encouraging dependence upon government not only creates generations of helpless people; it inures them to government’s ineffectiveness.|
|Thomas Henry Huxley||What are the moral convictions most fondly held by barbarous and semi-barbarous people? They are the convictions that authority is the soundest basis of belief; that merit attaches to readiness to believe; that the doubting disposition is a bad one, and skepticism is a sin.|
|Robert G. Ingersoll||Love is the only bow on Life's dark cloud. It is the morning and the evening star. It shines upon the babe, and sheds its radiance on the quiet tomb. It is the mother of art, inspirer of poet, patriot and philosopher. It is the air and light of every heart -- builder of every home, kindler of every fire on every hearth. It was the first to dream of immortality. It fills the world with melody -- for music is the voice of love. Love is the magician, the enchanter, that changes worthless things to Joy, and makes royal kings and queens of common clay. It is the perfume of that wondrous flower, the heart, and without that sacred passion, that divine swoon, we are less than beasts; but with it, earth is heaven, and we are gods.|
|Thomas Jefferson||Question with boldness even the existence of a God;|
because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason,
than that of blind-folded fear...
Do not be frightened from this inquiry
from any fear of its consequences.
If it ends in the belief that there is no God,
you will find incitements to virtue
in the comfort and pleasantness you feel in its exercise...
|Jesus of Nazareth||Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!|
|Jesus of Nazareth||Put up again thy sword into its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish by the sword.|